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Museum of Pop Culture Reopens Feb. 5

Nirvana, Horror, Minecraft, Tattoo Culture, Pearl Jam, Indie Games, Science Fiction, Black History Month, and more at MoPOP Seattle

SEATTLE, WA (Feb. 1, 2021) – With loosened government mandates, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) today announced it will reopen to the general public beginning Friday, February 5, 2021, welcoming visitors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. for the time being. Tickets are available now at and advance purchase is required as capacity has been reduced for safety.

MoPOP is a leading-edge nonprofit museum in Seattle, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary pop culture. With a mission to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities, MoPOP reaches multigenerational audiences through its collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and community partnerships.

“Saying I LOVED this place is an understatement!!” one guest wrote on Yelp in 2020. Over the years, local and out of town guests alike have raved that MoPOP is “so full of history and entertainment” (Guest, Hawaii, Yelp), that it’s “not your typical museum” (Guest, Las Vegas, Yelp), and that they “highly recommend if you’re looking for a fun way to safely spend time with your family” (Guest, Seattle, Yelp). The nonprofit museum is home to a number of fan-favorite, mainstay exhibitions as well as a rotating series of special exhibitions. As the Museum reopens later this week, guests can look forward to MoPOP’s more permanent installments, including:

  • Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses
  • Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
  • Pearl Jam: Home and Away
  • Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction
  • Scared To Death: The Thrill of Horror Film
  • Indie Game Revolution
  • Hendrix: Wild Blue Angel
  • Guitar Gallery featuring nearly 20 guitars from various music legends
  • Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame

Additionally, the specialty exhibitions that will be on view when MoPOP reopens include:

  • Body of Work: Tattoo Culture
  • Minecraft: The Exhibition

MoPOP’s multi-sensory exhibition “Sound Lab” will remain closed until further notice due to its hands-on nature. The full slate of new special exhibitions for 2021 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Since closing in March 2020, MoPOP reopened temporarily at a reduced capacity in September and once again closed based on government mandates in November 2020. With this second reopening, MoPOP has reinstituted its new health, safety, and sanitation protocols in line with federal, state, and local guidelines including:

  • Increased housekeeping services across the museum, with a focus on high-touch areas like bathrooms and elevators
  • Use of electrostatic sprayers in galleries and high-traffic areas
  • Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the museum and touchless soap dispensers in all bathrooms
  • Requiring guests ages three and above to wear a face-covering at all times
  • Requiring guests to maintain at least 6 feet of distance
  • Decreasing museum capacity and requiring advance ticket purchase to facilitate social distancing
  • Providing (and cleaning after each use) stylus pens for guests to use with interactive elements

A full list of what to expect is available here.


“So Bad It’s Good” Virtual Movie Series

February 13 — Con Air

“It’s Coming From Inside The House!

February 19 — Shivers 

For the complete virtual Movie Series schedule and details, visit MoPOP Movies

“Through The Eyes of Art” – Black History Month Online Celebration

  • February 12 — Mental and Physical Health
  • February 17 — “Les@Nite Painting Loudly: Each Brush Stroke Makes a Difference” Instagram Live with Lester Pearson
  • February 19 — Food Justice & Seattle Food Movements
  • February 26 — Diets, Supplements & Disease
  • February 27 — Building Black Wealth: A Live Virtual Marketplace: Seattle’s Black-Owned Restaurants
  • February 28 — Soul Food Sunday Cookalong

For more details > 

Seattle Center encourages the public to explore these engaging and entertaining virtual experiences, while we all await the return of live experiences on the grounds. Learn more click here or call 206 684-7200. 

About Seattle Center

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.